Pi Phi Sorority Chapters Under Fire for “Pretty Manifesto”

Ok, so let’s be clear. We LIKE sororities. As a matter of fact, some of our best friends are in sororities. It’s just that we have to speak up and say something when one bad apple goes and tries to makeover the whole damn bunch.

You see, we’ve been following IvyGate’s ongoing coverage of Cornell’s Pi Beta Phi chapter and the six-page fashion manifesto that was leaked to the website last month, along with it the thoughtful advice detailed inside for rushes. Pearls of wisdom like ““Denim-legging” is appropriate as long as it’s done right: aka, not from American Apparel and worn with chic, cool chunky boots over them and a longer top. NO camel toe,” and “Satin. No one looks good in satin dresses unless its from Betsey Johnson or Dolce and Gabbana, you weigh less than 130 pounds, have 3 pairs of spanks on and it’s New Years Eve.”

The chapter president has since responded, saying the document was meant to be tongue-and-cheek, and that, “we are not a very fashion-conscious sorority, and we can be seen most days wearing sweatpants around campus.” This of course is in direct conflict with the warning within the original email that stated, “I’m going to be doing dress checks so have your outfits for each round completely figured out before you get to Ithaca.”

At this point you might be thinking that perhaps the women at the Pi Phi chapter were just a wee bit overzealous, and that they certainly didn’t speak for the entire sorority. Normally we’d agree, but then the Pi Beta Pi chapter over at Yale put up their 2010 Rush Video on YouTube (which has since been set to private once Gawker.com did a story on it Monday) complete with little children, fur, sequins, and a brief discussion on how beautiful Pi Phi girls are.

Pi Phi ladies, we REALLY want to give you the benefit of the doubt, so how about we just write this stuff off as temporary rush insanity and leave it at that? The only thing we ask in return is you stop picking on American Apparel and quit trying to pimp Tory Burch, Betsey Johnson, and Dolce (which BTW is “&” not “and” so get it straight) Gabanna.

We get it. You go to an Ivy League school and your parents have money. How about you maybe spend a little less time worrying about looking the part of a sorority sister and more being all the things it’s supposed to encompass.

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